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Maturity Classic

MATURITY CLASSIC

The Maturity Classic is an age-restricted event held over three consecutive Saturday nights every July at The Meadows racetrack in Melbourne. In 2017, the final will be run on 29 July, with the club incorporating a Christmas in July theme across the month. Full details: click HERE.

ABOUT THE 2017 MATURITY CLASSIC

Status: Group 1
Track: The Meadows
Distance: 525m
Conditions: Open to greyhounds whelped on or after 1st April 2015.


Key dates:

Heats – Saturday night 15 July
Semi-finals – Saturday night 22 July
Final -  Saturday night 29 July

Total prize money in final: $145,000 ($100,000 to the winner)

Other feature races on Maturity Classic Final night:

  • Destini Fireball Stayers over 725m ($25,000 to the winner)
  • Maiden Final over 525m ($5,000 to the winner)

RECENT WINNERS

Kilty Express
2016

Fernando Bale
2015

Mepunga Halyley
2014

Marcus Joe
2013

Barcia Bale
2012

Shereen Bale
2011

El Grand Senor
2010

Paddy’s Flame
2009

Aston Trivett
2008

WATCH: Kilty Express (6) scores a thrilling win in the 2016 Maturity Classic.

HISTORY

The Maturity Classic was first held at Olympic Park in 1970 when won by talented sprinter Phantom’s Heir. First prize at that time was $1250. The prizemoney increased marginally until 1975 when it went to $3,500. In 1977 it was $5,600 and jumped to $7000 in 1979 before going to $10,000 from 1980 until 1987, the year the mighty New Tears won the race. First prize went to $15,000 for seven years then to $20,000 for two years and reached $30,000 in the year 2000. In 2001 it was worth $40,000 and the Classic was won by AGRA Hall Of Famer Brett Lee. It was elevated the next year to $50,000 then again last year the final went up to $75,000 and then in year 2012 an increase to $100,000.